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CALL 106
Chronicle 63
Examiner ~,. .85
Police Lieut. Becker Held as
Arch Plotter in Slaying
of Gambler
Jack Rose, With Pals, Before
Grand Jury, Tells Startling
Details of Tragedy
Forced to Put Victim Oat of Way
to Save Self; "System"
Is Implicated ,
$ —
[Special Dispatch to The Call] \
-j. yEW YORK, July 29.—A lon*
I step was taken to night In the j
I clearing up of the murder of j
Herman Rosenthal, the gam
bler, by the Indictment, arrest and ar
raignment of Police Lieutenant Charles
Becker after sensational confessions be
fore the grand jury by Jack Rose.
Bridgey Weber and Harry Vallon, in
which they declare that Becker not
only Instigated the murder, but threat
pned that unless they saw to it that
Rosenthal was put out of the way he
would frame up a job on them and send
them up the river for a long stretch.
Becker is held in the Tombs for murder
in the first degree.
Rose further admitted he had been
for several years the graft collector
for Becker and his go between with
t.ie gamblers.
It was a most unusual and sensa
tional scene at the criminal court
building tonight when the remarkable
climax of the most remarkable case In
New York's criminal history wai
The gamblers. Rose, Vallon and
Weber, had told their stories to the
district attorney and had agreed to go J
before the grand jury. Judge Mulqueen I
wu notified and promptly called the I
>rrand jury for the first night session
ever held in the criminal court build- J
ing. The story told the grand jury
points to many officials higher In the
police department than Becker. The
chief witness. Jack Rose, gave testi-
H •■• that made the grand jurors sit
ha'-k in their chairs, fascinated and
And this, perhaps more than anything i
else, stands out most prominently in
Three main witnesses before the
grand jury. Rose, Bridgey Weber and
Harry Vellon, were so afraid of the I
"system" that they begged not to be
sent back to the Tombs, fearing that
they -would be killed before morning.
District Attorney Whitman was so
convinced that their fear was justified
that he selected a number of his own
detectives, all trustworthy men and
This Promises to Be the Most
Prosperous Year America
Has Ever Enjoyed
Former Advertising Manager of Wanimaker'i, Philadelphia
ALL over the United States the cup of prosperity is running
over. So, if you do not get a chance to drink out of the
cup itself, at least get under the drip.
There has been a wonderful crop both of PRODUCE and PROD
UCTS. Potatoes and pianos have both gone down in price. The same
is true of fruits and furniture, and in fact of EVERYTHING in which
cither nature or man has had a hand.
The sun and the rain and the courage and the wit of man have done
the work.
Now there is one important commercial difference between PROD
UCE and PRODUCTS— and that is in the TIME to buy. The best
time to buy produce is IN season; the best time to buy products is OUT
of season.
FRUIT, for example, is cheapest now because it is IN season;
FURNITURE is cheapest because it is OUT OF SEASON.
In all these big furniture sales and piano sales, these sales of rugs, of
draperies and of house needs of every description, THE PRICES ARE
DOWN TO BEDROCK becaue the real season for manufacture and
for distribution is past, and the "CLEANING UP TIME" is here.
Every maker as well as every dealer is converting his "EXTRA"
merchandise into cash- His season has been BIG, but as usual, his OP
TIMISM has been bigger, and therefore he has more extra stock than he
knows what to do with.
You will find values in these summer sales this year that you have
not seen before in many seasons. Don't miss them, whatever you do. It
is good for everybody once in a while TO REALIZE HIS DESIRES.
Look over your homes; see what is wearing out and renew it now
from these bountiful sales. When you are through with this article turn
to the ADVERTISING on the other pages. This paper is FILLED
with it and good values are running over the edges. Why should you
buy those chairs or that rug NEXT MONTH when the price has gene
back again to where it OUGHT to be? Why not buy all you need right
now and DOUBLE THE AMOUNT of your own prosperity.
A These sales are valuable to you, every one. And every sale that is
from day to day.
Make some of this good, overflowing prosperity YOUR prosperity.
At lea»t get under the drip.
THE San Francisco CALL
Great Leader of Island Empire Goes to His Fathers
YoshMo, Crown Prince, at Once Accedes to the Throne
Yoshihito. Japans new ruler. The Doteaget Empress Haruko. The late emperor, hi uisuhito.
well armed, to stand guard over the
three gamblers in the district attorney's
office during the night.
The Instructions of these men were to
see that no harm befell "Weher, Va.il on
Continued on Page 8, Column £
Heiress Alleges Deceased Fiance
Helped Sacramento Realty
Dealers to Swindle Her
[Specie/ Dispatch to The Call]
SACRAMENTO. July 29.—A shat
tered romance in which Miss Isabelle
Garwood of New York, reputed to b«
worth $2,000,000, and Dr. R. A. Ramos, j
a physician of Brooklyn, played the
stellar roles, was brought to light by ;
a civil suit filed in Sutter county by i
Miss Garwood against SchreJber
Brothers to cancel the sale of 600
acres of land near Nicolaus, for which
$96,000 was paid. j
Miss Garwood in her suit alleges
that she was led to purchase the land
on misrepresentations made to her by
local realty dealers and by Doctor
According to Mies Garwood. she and
Doctor Ramos were engaged to marry.
The physician left his home in Brook
lyn to come to Reno, where he took up
his residence preparatory to securing
a divorce. Miss Garwood came to Sac
ramento. Desiring to invest some of
her wealth in valley lands, she was
shown the Sufter property and on Doc
tor Ramos' advice paid $35,000 down
for it.
Ramos returned to Reno and secured
his divorce decree and a few days
later was stricken ill. He was brought
to Sacramento and died.
Miss Garwood says she learned after
his death that he had been paid: $1,300
to Induce her to buy the Sutter ranch.!
Bullet Is Sent Through Window
at Finale
Camile Ruex, daughter of John Luna,
a wealthy pioneer Mexican settler of
this valley, was shot, probably fatally,
by her husband, Camile Rues of San
Diego, at midnight, Just a* she had
finished playing a piece on the piano at
an entertainment given in her father's
home. Rues flred through a window
while the guests were applauding Mrs.
Rues' performance. She fell over on
the floor, and before any one' could
reach Rues he had fired a bullet
through his head and lay dead on the
ground. i
Divorce Sett Mr*. JoJ*
W. Tonics , BopenwJi
With San Qaentin Convict
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
OAKLAND. July 29.—" E. J. Tomp
kins versus J. W. Tompkins.
complaint in divorce, deeertlon,"
was the legal door to oblivion
opened here today to engulf the inex
tricably tangled past of Major John W.
Tompkins. former state warden in San
Quentin penitentiary, his once beautiful
wife. Miss Emma Allman Tompkins, art
student and society woman, and the
sinister figure of W. P. Gordon, former*
convict, with whom she eloped.
That Mrs. Tompkins was wearied of
it all and desired to cut the last thread
which tied her to the events of the last
decade was Indicated by her petition to
resume her maiden name, Allman, which
she renounced for Tompkins' 23 years
ago. Her request was made in spite of
the fact that they have a grown eon j
who bears the name of her husband.
Escapade With Convict
Two years ago the Tompklns were
In fhe limelight when Mrs. Tompklns
locked her husband out of their home
in Fruitvale and a month later was
found with Gordon in an apartment tn
San Francieco, when Gordon wae ar
rested for passing a worthless dcaft.
With Gordon's return to prison Mrs.
Tompkins announced that she had had
her eyes opened, that ehe wished never
to see Gordon again and that she would
devote her life to caring for Tompkins
and making amends to him and to their
son. Harold. That was tn August, 1910.
She said today in her divorce complaint
that Tompkins had finally separated
from her December 28 of that year.
Every effort was made to conceal
the identity of the parties to the suit
filed today. The use of the Initials
and the fact that only once was the
word "her" used In the brief complaint
to give a clew to the question whether
husband or wife was plaintiff Indi
cated the hope of secrecy on -her part.
j which her attorneys reflected. That
Coatlaaed on Page 3, Coloaui S
ISptial DUpeich to Th* Cefl)
JOLJET, 111., July »».—-Three weeks
ago a email box of jewelry was stolen \
from the home of Miss Josephine
Schultz of 417 Blackman avenue, this I
city. Today it was found in the stom
ach of a cow butchered In the Adeler
slaughter house.
The cow was turned into the slaugh
ter house from s> farm situated eight;
miles from Joliet. No clew can be \
found to trace the- Journey of the
Jewelry from the Schults home to the
The articles taken from the stoaach
of the animal were two brooches, one
diamond ring, a btaeetet and a woman's
gold watch. They were put through a
cleansing process by a Jeweler and re
turned to their owner.
Trinity River Fanners Shoot
Each Other in Quarrel of
Long Standing
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
WEAVERVIL£e, July 29.—A batUe
of bullets was fought this evening be
tween Samuel "W. Hellar and' Brice A.
Trimble, well known farmers on the
south fork of Trinity river. Trimble
fired four times at Hellar and hit him
once, breaking his leg. Hellar flred
twice at Trimble and hit him once,
sending a bullet through his right ear.
Each claims that the other flred first.
The shooting occurred at a point
where water is diverged tor irrigation.
Trimble and Hellar have quarreled for
years over the water. Finally they took
their troubles to court. The case was
tried in April, but Judge Bartlett has
not yet decided it.
Hellar, who weighs 250 pounds, was
rendered helpless with a broken leg
three miles from the nearest house.
Trimble returned to his home. No ar
rests have been made. None will be
made until District Attorney Gweir re
turns from San Francisco.
Hellar. the worst injured of the bel
ligerents, is a brother in law of Dep
uty Sheriff C. W. Halnes of Alameda
county, who has been summoned here.
[Specie! Dupatck to The Ceil]
CHICAGO. July 29.— Theater ticket
speculation proved an unprofitable
business venture for the United
States government. as well as for
Harry N. Waterfall, said at one time
to be one of the biggest ticket scalp
ers in the country.
When Waterfall filed his petition In
bankruptcy he scheduled only $63 as
sets. His contracts with s> number of
the downtown theaters, however, atitf
beld good. The government appointed
a court officer to continue the busi
The report made to the referee in
bankruptcy today showed that the.
government official* has actually lost
the $53 remaining to the credit ot
WaterfalL .
I rdSwlfnfXbC — Highest temperature, 60;
$R TODAY —Cloudy un-
I settled jrfath*, sprinkles in the morning, brisk
*- of the Weather See T*g« 17 j
Twenty, Horses Are Burned in
Early Morning Blaze; Four
Cottages Are Destroyed
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
OAKLAND. July 30.—Twenty persons
narrowly escaped death in-a fire which
started in the stable of the American
Creamery company at Fifteenth and
Kirkham streets shortly before 1
o'clock this morning. It was necessary
for the police firemen to break
In the doors with axes and fight their
way through flame and smoke to effect
the rescues.
Twenty horses were sacrificed to the
flames in the efforts to save the women
and children who ~ved in cottages ad
joining the stable, all of which were
a mass of flames , before the department
The stableman who attempted to save
the horses was rescued from the burn
ing structure by Heathors, the foreman
of the creamery. Both were burned
about the face and hands.
The creamery company belongs to J.
H. Silvexa.
The total loss is estimated at $50,000.
The flre Is thought to have started
In the grain loft of the creamery
stable and was not discovered until it
had gained considerable headway.
All the cottages burned were located
on both sides of the stable, along Kirk
ham street. These were totally des
The cottages destroyed and the fami
lies who occupied them are as follows:
At 1502 Kirkham street, Charles
Brock, mother and five children.
Henry Gould, wife and four children
at 1802 Kirkham street.
Revolver Fight Starts Over Pay
ment for Ice Cream
[Special Dispatch to The Calf]
SUL.MVAN, Ind.. July 29.—During* a
revolver fight at a church social,
which etarted over the payment for a
idate of ice cream, two men were
killed near here last night and three
otners fatally wounded. In all more
than 140 shots were fired and It was
discovered that fully one-half of those
jpresent were armed. A number of
those la attendance were badly crushed
in the panic that followed the shooting*, i
Mutsuhito, 121 st Emperor of the
Land of the Sun, Passes in
Peace Into the Land
Beyond the Sun
Widowed Empress Haruko Ends
Long Vigil Alter Pitifully
Begging Physicians to
Prolong His Life
TOKYO, July 30.—Mutsuhito, for
40 years emperor of Japan, died
at 12:43 o'clock this morning.
Yoshihito, Haru-no-Miya, reigns
under the formula provided by the
constitution promulgated by Mutsu
"The Icing is dead; long live the
Mutsuhito, who was the one hun
dred and twenty-first emperor, passed
gently away. He had been uncon
scious - many hours prior to his death,
and the empress, the crown prince and
the most prominent officials of the
household and government were at
the bedside.
Harnko, now dowager empress.
yieWs to Princess Sadako, the young
-empress, who-ie the mother of three
sons, of whom the eldest is Hirohito.
Science Fails at Task
Harukp has won universal sympathy
because of her untiring vigil in the
sickroom, where she remained con
tinuously for 10 days. Even on the
last day she pitifully begged the physi
cians to secure a short respite for the
dying emperor.
Everything known to science was
done to prolong the life of the $ov
ereign. The whole nation watched
pathetically, because the death of the
emperor would establish a new epoch
in the history of Japan, and the people
cling , almost fiercely to the tradition
with which the dying monarch appeared
indissolubly linked.
Outcome Inevitable
The outcome was inevitable from the
beginning of the trouble, July 19. Death
was due to acute nephritis, otherwise
known as Bright's disease. This was
complicated by diabetes and an intes
tinal affection. As is usual in such case.*.
, the patient on occasions showed marked
signs of improvement, followed by a re
lapse. p
After July 25 the condition of the em
peror gradually became worse, with
• high fever, weak and irregular pulse
: and shallow respiration.
When the physicians recognized the
hopelessness of the case every prepara
tion was made for the end. The impe
i rial princes, the ministers and notables
were summoned to the palace and re
mained in the outer rooms for 24 hours,
i A few of the oldest, who have been
closely associated with the emperor,
were permitted to Bee him, while the
. public, contrary to custom, was taken
. into the confidence of the physicians,
t who issued bulletins hourly giving de
[ tails of the progress of the disease.
Even the last announcement—that of
the death of the emperor—was made
within an hour.
20,000 Bow in Grief
' At the end upward of 20,000 subjects
' silently paid their last homage outside
• the palace gates.
It was a marvelous scene when meg
-1 sengere silently mingled with the
• crowds and scattered announcements
•of the emperor's death. Deep emotion
Why Is It?—^p.
Why the greatft X
demand ior\t W&L&iP
Equipoise Eye
Glasses ?—Very
easily explained j
—because they «M!N{
are giving satisfac- (mw.
tion. As to comfort, I *
the wearer forgets VI ..
he has them on. Put
on and taken oil with \J/
just the thumb and
finger. Wear One.
California Optical Co*
(W.D.Fniiimere J.W.Darta A.R.Fennlmor*)
181 Poet St San Francisco
1221 Broadway Oakland
(C. L. Hoguc «t Oatl«nd Store)

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